The budget request that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE is releasing Monday will propose more than $23 billion for border security and immigration enforcement - including funds for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, the White House said Sunday.
The White House is also stated to offer state and local governments incentives worth $100 billion with a separate proposal to use a small chunk of the same funds compared to the initial offer of the federal government. The goal is for federal contribution to encourage local and state investment in renewing infrastructure network. The Highway Trust Fund would stay in place and would remain the current pot for state revolving funds.
This year's budget is likely to stoke debates about deficits that began when Congress passed a tax overhaul in December. "It could be anything", said one administration official.
"At the same time, we continue to apply federal rules, regulations, and mandates on virtually all infrastructure investments".
A senior administration official said, "One thing that - the consistent feedback that we get from those that are interested in investing more in infrastructure - is they would like to set their own priorities as opposed to have the federal government set priorities for them".
The other problem facing infrastructure development that the White House hopes to fix with its plan is "the broken permit system", that is part of the reason the USA has fallen behind many other developed countries in infrastructure.
The $50 billion for rural spending will come from local governments or private entities asking for matching grants.
During an impromptu Oval Office meeting on Friday, the president said the White House wished Porter well, noting that it was a "tough time" for the White House aide.
That agreement, which ended an hours-long partial government shutdown, boosts government spending by nearly $300 billion.
The second piece of the infrastructure proposal is streamlining what the White House calls a "broken permit process"-a byzantine system of duplicative and lengthy studies that seemed created to impede, rather than approve, federally-funded infrastructure projects".
The second way the White House says the system is broken is in the lengthy federal permitting process, which officials say can take five to 10 years or longer, driving up costs.
White House officials acknowledge the plan is just the opening salvo in the back-and-forth with Congress.
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⦁ Shorten the permitting process to two years. "They held the Defense Department hostage, and we had to pay that ransom".
"But keep in mind I'm not congressman Mick Mulvaney anymore", he said. I've been falsely accused of this.
"The president's budget is always a list of pretty good suggestions". We're going to bring that down, ideally, to one year.
It will now be up to Congress to discuss the proposal and Trump will host lawmakers from both parties at the White House on Wednesday to make his case. Mulvaney said earlier on Sunday that all that money did not need to be spent.